Steven Dennis, M.D.Steven Dennis, M.D.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: University of Texas McGovern Medical School

Hobbies: Art, paddle boarding and time with my pup.

Fun Fact: I went to race car driving school.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Breadth of sub-specialty care in a mid-size program.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

Team breakfast.


Lindsay Olinde, M.D.Lindsay Olinde, M.D.

Hometown: Monroe, LA

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Running, waterskiing (or anything outside), and ballet (now, I mostly spectate, but grew up dancing every day!)

Fun Fact: If I'm not working, I'm working out. I love meeting (or doubling) my step goal.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

The well-rounded nature of the department, and I enjoyed every faculty interview and could see myself working with all of them.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The camaraderie. My co-residents are all amazing humans. They are people I can learn from, work with and have fun with!


Farrukh Virani, M.D.Farrukh Virani, M.D.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: University of Texas McGovern Medical School

Hobbies: Basketball, eating competitions, technology.

Fun Fact: Have not missed a Rockets game since 2013. I may not catch them live and often not even the same week, but I watch them all!

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Global health focus and cleft lip/palate surgery.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

Although hard to focus on one favorite aspect, what I love most is the balance between breadth and depth of expertise in all the sub-specialties. This provides for a large volume of cases starting early on with mentorship directly from experts in the field. I would be remiss if I did not also mention the fellowship amongst the residents and cohesiveness as a group.

Philip Biggs, M.D.Philip Biggs, M.D.

Hometown: Sandy, UT

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies: Golfing, hiking, spending time with my wife and kids.

Fun Fact: I speak Portuguese and Spanish.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

I felt that the people I met during my interview day were the type of people I wanted to spend the next five years of my life working with.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

Our program coordinator. She is like a second mom to all of us. That, and we get great surgical training.


Megan Morisada, M.D.Megan Morisada, M.D.

Hometown: Pearl City, Hawai'i

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Hobbies: Hip-hop and aerial dance, martial arts and weight-lifting, deer hunting with my family in Hawai'i.

Fun Fact: Is anyone else's sushi budget like 5-10% of their post-tax, take-home salary?

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Cleft lip and palate, and trauma.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

I have the best co-residents who have become like family!


Renuka Reddy, M.D.Renuka Reddy, M.D.

Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Hobbies: Art, computers, hiking, rollerblading.

Fun Fact: I’ve also lived in India and Germany.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Having lived in California as a kid I was interested in pursuing my residency training in the West Coast. As I began looking into Sacramento and UC Davis more I was amazed by the diversity of training and the balance this program has to offer. Completing my AI rotation here sealed the deal!

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The sense of family within the program!

Daniel Arkfeld, M.D.Daniel Arkfeld, M.D.

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Hobbies: Cooking, backpacking, skiing.

Fun Fact: I have a 2 year old golden retriever and started a vegetable garden this year.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

The faculty had clearly carefully considered every aspect of my application and clearly cared about me as an individual.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

This program has a great sense of community - the residents and faculty are very supportive of one another.


Zahrah Masheeb, M.D.Zahrah Masheeb, M.D.

Hometown: Bogota, NJ

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Hobbies: Volleyball, cooking/eating, reality TV.

Fun Fact: In a past life I sported a purple and gold outfit with a feathered hat to play piccolo in the marching band.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

I knew some folks who did an away rotation here as a medical student, and they could not stop raving about the level of autonomy even at an early time point. That, AND everyone is incredibly nice!

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

There’s a sense of camaraderie here between the residents. Everyone is working hard to achieve their personal best while also playing their role as a member of the squad. Each person offers a unique strength and we all complement one another (no matter the PGY level) to get the job done... usually in time to grab breakfast in the morning.


Roberto Solis, M.D.Roberto Solis, M.D.

Hometown: McAllen, TX

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Hobbies: Playing with my French Bulldog, wine tasting, hiking.

Fun Fact: Growing up on the US-Mexico border, I have learned that hot sauce on everything is a must!

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

I was fortunate to complete an away rotation here and immediately was drawn to the culture and strength of its surgical training. It was an easy decision for me to want to stay here.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The faculty, residents, and staff at UC Davis are second to none - it is an incredible environment to grow as a surgeon and person.

Aaron Done, M.D.Aaron Done, M.D.

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson

Hobbies: Mountain biking, triathlon, and R/C racing

Fun Fact: I have an obsession with antique maps - the stories of discovery are told in the lines.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Working with and observing the well-trained surgeons that are products of UC Davis training.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The incredible people and attention to education.


Nicole Farber, M.D.Nicole Farber, M.D.

Hometown: Fort Lee, New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Hobbies: Riding my bike around Sacramento, backyard volleyball, and trying new food.

Fun Fact: I am a die hard Wisconsin Badger fan.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

The mentors who I trusted most in medical school had nothing but incredible things to say about the department and the people that make up the program.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The unwavering support from my peers and faculty. From the moment I matched here I felt like I joined one big family.


Emelia Stuart, M.D.Emelia Stuart, M.D.

Hometown: Modesto, CA

Medical School: University of San Diego School of Medicine

Hobbies: Yoga, baking, camping.

Fun Fact: My parents actually met at Davis, so I wouldn't be here today if not for the Aggies!

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

The culture! Davis is a wonderfully warm and welcoming program where I thought I'd fit in and get great surgical exposure.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The faculty and residents really focus on getting interns into the OR and teaching us through hands-on experience.

Jackson King, M.D.Jackson King, M.D.

Hometown: Colville, WA

Medical School: Washington State University College of Medicine

Hobbies: Golf, basketball, snowboarding, and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Fun Fact: My daughter was born at UC Davis one week before I started residency.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

Extensive operative experience and strong exposure to cleft lip/palate surgery

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The incredible culture and people who have welcomed me in like family.


Bridget MacDonald, M.D.Bridget MacDonald, M.D.

Hometown: Davis, CA

Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Hobbies: Photography, music, biking, gymnastics (enthusiast), spending time with family and friends, and enjoying beautiful Northern California.

Fun Fact: A favorite weekend activity is getting breakfast at the Davis Farmers' Market!

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

The incredible emphasis on resident education and early, hands-on experience.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

The deep support of co-residents and sense of family within the department.


William Swift, M.D.William Swift, M.D.

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Hobbies: Tennis, skiing, spikeball, and watching jeopardy (and not knowing the answers).

Fun Fact: Before coming to UC Davis, my entire California experience consisted of one weekend at a USC football game.

What sparked your initial interest in the UC Davis ENT program?

I knew a resident who did an away rotation at UC Davis and had wonderful things to say about the program. It got me interested, and as I learned about the surgical opportunities, program culture, and location, the more I realized how thrilled I would be to train here!

What is your favorite aspect of the program?

From the moment I matched, I felt like I was instantly welcomed into the UC Davis family by everyone here!